Islanders @ Devils - Game preview

The Islanders head to New Jersey for the second game of a three game series

Wednesday, 03.7.2012 / 7:50 PM ET / News
By Katrina Doell
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Islanders @ Devils - Game preview
Team Record: 28-29-9
Last Game: 1-0 W vs. NJD
Season Series: 2-1-0 of 6
Team Record: 37-23-5
Last Game: 4-1 vs NYR
Season Series: 1-2-0 of 6
David Ullstrom
Since being recalled from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on February 25, David Ullstrom has found himself on the left wing of center Frans Nielsen, opposite right winger Josh Bailey. He has fit in almost seemlessly on the newly created unit and recreated chemistry that he'd found earlier in the season with Bailey. In 19 games with the Islanders this season, Ullstrom has five points (2g/3a). Before the call-up, Ullstrom had 41 points (17g/24a) in 67 AHL games, so look for the scoring to continue to translate to the NHL.

At 6"2, 195 lbs., Ullstrom's game has an edge. He works hard in the corners, finshes checks and has the skill and speed to make plays.
Ilya Kovalchuk
The Russian star snapped a nine-game scoring drought when he put a pass from linemate Zach Parise passed the glove of  Henrik Lundqvist to get the Devils on the board in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Rangers. He also set up a beautiful 2-on-1 for Jacob Josefson and Ryan Carter; the latter would score his third of the seaon.

Kovalchuk leads the Devils in scoring with 64 points (26g/38a). In his NHL career he has 32 points (16g/16a) against the Islanders.
Special teams notes: The Islanders have the third best road power play in the NHL at 21.8 percent. That will be matched by the Devils, who boast the second best home penalty kill in the league at 88 percent.

Hot hands: Josh Bailey has four goals in his last four games...Matt Moulson has six points (3g/3a) in his last six games... Frans Nielsen has four assists in his last four games...Casey Cizikas has three assists in his last three games...PA Parenteau has 12 points (4g/8a) in his last 14 games.

Moulson's Career Highs:
Matt Moulson added to his career-best assist and point totals with his 27th assist and 28th goals on March 3rd in Boston. He is two goals shy of posting his third-straight 30-goal season and three goals shy of tying his career high.
Anders Nilsson stopped all 24 shots he faced as the Islanders beat the Devils 1-0 on Mar. 4 at Nassau Coliseum. Nilsson became the first Islanders goalie to record a shutout on his first career win and Kyle  Okposo powered his way through traffic to score the game-winning goal at 2:39 of the second period.


Click the photo for gallery from the last time the Islanders played the Devils.
Player
Date of
Injury
Games
Missed
Prognosis
DiPietro 1/3 Sports hernia/knee swelling 30  10 weeks
Montoya 2/29 Upper body 3 No timetable
Islanders
Power play: 18.4%
Penalty kill: 81.8%
Home record: 15-14-5
Road record: 13-15-4
Goals For: 155
Goals Against: 195
Devils
Power play: 16.3%
Penalty kill: 89%
Home record: 17-12-3
Road record: 20-12-2
Goals For: 184
Goals Against: 176



Answer from Sunday's question: Islanders’ players have worn 77 different numbers on the back of their jerseys. What is the lowest number never worn by an Islander in the last 40 years? The answer is: 61. The numbers 1-60 had all been worn by an Islander at some point, but 61 is still vacant.

Check back after media availability for Thursday's lineups. 

Devils Expected Lineups
Forwards
Parise-Henrique-Kovalchuk
Sykora-Elias-Zubrus
Bernier-Josefson-Clarkson
Boulton-Carter-Janssen

Defensemen:
Fayne-Greene
Larsson-Salvador
Volchenkov-Zidlicky

Goaltenders:

Brodeur; Hedberg


Jack Capuano on what the Islanders need to do against the Devils: "They have great separation in their offensive zone play. They have the ability to puck protect so well. You're going to have to do a good job blocking pucks becuase they are going to have puck possession. They are going to hem you in and they are going to have extended zone time. we have to make sure we play the interior and branch out and block lanes."


SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
5 PIT 77 42 24 11 211 194 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 PHI 77 31 29 17 202 220 79
12 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 78 29 43 6 204 249 64
16 BUF 77 22 47 8 152 258 52

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
M. Neuvirth 1 3 1 .881 2.94

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